I bought an umbrella from Howard Yount about a year ago. Today's Melbourne winds have managed to snap two of the spokes. Was I wrong to assume this would last through these sorts of conditions? I've written to the guys at Howard Yount, but if I have no luck there, is this the kind of thing that can be repaired? If so, does anyone know someone in Melbourne who'd be able to do it?
Henry Bucks have an umbrella repair service. I haven't tried it. They send it to NSW somewhere. I have been meaning to see if they can repair a small rip in the canvas of my umbrella.
To be honest, if they are fully appraised of the facts, I would be surprised if you get a favourable response from HY (puttting aside their generally terrible customer service response for a moment).
Winds in Melbourne were up to 60km/h this morning. Much stronger in wind tunnels in the city.
I don't think it's reasonable to expect a #menswear umbrella to survive this. Any umbrella, really... All it takes is for it to be placed at slightly the wrong angle and you're done. Wind is incredibly powerful. Most people I saw forwent their umbrellas completely.
I have a Kent Wang one manufactured by the same factory and I could feel it starting to give this morning, so I gave up too.
I hope you are able to get it repaired. Please report back.